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Upton will head House Energy and Commerce Committee

December 8, 2010

Republican leaders have chosen Rep. Fred Upton to be the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Michigan Republican today beat out current ranking member Joe Barton of Texas and Reps. Cliff Stearns of Florida and John Shimkus of Illinois for the post.

"I look...

High silver prices sends Idaho mine workers ever deeper

December 7, 2010

Hecla Mining Co. officials have known about the high-grade deposit of silver deep below the surface of its Lucky Friday mine in Idaho for decades, but now that the price of silver is at $20 an ounce, digging nearly 9,000 feet below the surface to get to the precious metal makes financial sense...

Gov. finds problems with Wyoming Range drilling plan

December 7, 2010

A soon-to-be-released draft plan to allow up to 136 new gas wells in the Wyoming Range is raising concern in Gov. Dave Freudenthal's office.

The governor wants Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production Co. to agree to a "very high bar" to offset habitat loss and other environmental...

Wolf management hot topic in D.C.

December 6, 2010

Managing gray wolves in the West took center stage in Washington, D.C., Thursday as eight members of the House of Representatives introduced legislation to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list, and Montana’s senators sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, urging him to...

Top GOP oppose Interior's proposed fracking regs

December 6, 2010

Two of the House Republicans vying for the powerful Energy and Commerce gavel in the new Congress today made a rare show of collaboration as a weeks-long bitter fight for the chairmanship winds down.

Full committee ranking member Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.),...

EPA launches reg-tracking website

December 6, 2010

With House Republicans promising to rein in U.S. EPA's rulemaking power in the 112th Congress, the agency launched a new website today aimed at helping the public follow the regulatory process.

"Reg Stat" offers agency documents...

NPS wants public's advice on Little Bighorn Battlefield

December 6, 2010

Almost 30 years ago, a management plan was approved for Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

It set some lofty goals — a new visitor center off the historic battlefield site; new boundaries increasing the size of park by more than 11,000 acres; and a new tour road that would take...

Enviro group wants to close thousands of miles of trails

December 3, 2010

Environmentalists are pushing to close thousands of miles of Utah’s off-road vehicle trails, and few places illustrate their beef with red-dirt riders better than Arch Canyon.

The southeastern Utah landmark, west of Blanding, has a stream-crossingtrail...

Arizona ski resort wins second lawsuit over snowmaking

December 3, 2010

Arizona Snowbowl has won yet another legal round in its bid to make artificial snow with reclaimed wastewater.

And opponents have again vowed to appeal the ruling.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Phoenix ruled that Snowbowl's plans did not pose undue health or environmental safety...

NRC approves transfer of WY uranium licenses to Russian firm

December 2, 2010

Two uranium mines in Wyoming are on their way to control by a Russian company now that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved transferring the mines' licenses.

The commission last week approved the license transfer involving a Russian company, JSC Atomoredzoloto,...

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